Murs X Fashawn – This Generation
Murs is a Los Angeles hip-hop legend, deep in the scene since 1993, with notable releases and collaborations including Felt (a duo he formed with Slug of Atmosphere), and his collaboration with 9th Wonder, Fornever. Fashawn meanwhile is a rising star from Fresno, who has toured with the likes of Talib Kweli and Wiz Khalifa. Their collaboration on This Generation is firmly entrenched in classic silver age hip-hop values, with sampled jazz and funk riffs underpinning tales of cars, girls and making money.
The odd cheese-fest aside (La Reina Del Barrio, the title track) this is an album of straight-up bangers – Slash Gordan and Heartbreaks and Handcuffs stand out – and although the formula will be familiar to anyone with a passing familiarity with 90s hip-hop, that's got to be better than the David Guetta-alike pop-chart courting of most modern commercial rap. [Bram E Gieben]